Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.
It is telling that, in the post-truth, or post-fact society, we are told that facts no longer matter: emotions matter. In the post-fact world each individual stands on different grounds, isolated in their own technologically mediated echo chambers and filter bubbles that feed them information increasingly foreign to any commonly recognized actual state of affairs. In Leibnizian terms, a post-fact world implies that compossibility* is wearing thin, that experiences and events are no longer reciprocally presupposed. Untethered to any common historical thread, liberated from the constraints of a compossible real, free-floating affects now wishful-think themselves into oblivion. As our predictive landscapes abandon their commitments to realism, our self-fulfilling hyperstitions now diffract into a plethora of unconnected and worldless strivings. (p.19)
Extracted taken from Wilson, A. (2017) Techno-Optimism and Rational Superstition. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21(2–3): 1–21.
* According to Wilson (23017), Leibnitz held that the world “exists nowhere but in the reciprocal meetings of different simple substances, which correspond to events of experience. The compossibility of the facts of the world results from the reciprocal inclusion of every point of view upon the world. A world’s possibilities are therefore constrained by the compatibility of the contingent truths that occupy it. Nothing can happen that is not compossible with what has already happened, and retroactively, nothing that has happened in the past can have been incompossible with what is currently before us.” (p.10)